Vanessa DeLeon Associates

Many designers start their careers fresh out of school. In Vanessa DeLeon’s case, her career started while still in college. Since that time, she has elevated her brand by recognizing and building on media opportunities and most importantly, by designing great spaces for her clients. She shared some of her history with us.

HF: You’ve had a number of notable experiences with reality TV, but was there a memorable “big break” on getting a project or client before the cameras introduced you to a wider audience?
VD: Before reality TV, my most memorable moment was being hired by two big celebrities within the same month. I thought that was just the coolest thing that can happen to a designer. 

HF: You started your design firm at 20 while studying at Berkeley College for Interior Design. How scary was it to take that step and why did you think you could be successful?
VD: It was scary, but I always had a very positive attitude and fantastic intuition, almost a guiding force in the path of success.

HF: How do you stay inspired?
VD: When I have the time, traveling is very inspirational, just visiting museums, restaurants, and art events in the city.

HF: Is there a particular design challenge on a client’s project that has stood out and if so, how did you handle it?
VD:
The biggest design challenge was my husband’s restaurant! It was the hardest project I have ever encountered; our varied strengths made us get through it. This experience allowed me to excel in the restaurant design business.

HF: When you’re starting a project, is there any type of foundational item that you find yourself building from – for example, a furniture piece, carpeting, artwork, lighting?
VD: There are many to build from, it could be the artwork in the fabric or a crystal bead in the wallpaper, these are part of the foundation building to the design.

 

HF: The Edgewater project we’re featuring here looks spectacular. What is your favorite thing about this space?
VD: The open floor plan.

HF: When did the Cityscape Pendant get added to the mix and why was it selected?
VD:
I spotted it hanging at a lighting store, it spoke to me, and I had to have it for my client. What a great piece for this home, especially that it complements the view of the New York skyline.

HF: What was the biggest challenge for this design and how did you address it?
VD: Making sure I did not take anything away from the spectacular view.

HF: Do you think you’ve achieved or surpassed the level of success that your 20-year-old self envisioned when you started your career?
VD: Yes, it is surreal, it’s been a wonderful journey, there is much more to come, so make sure to follow me on my beautiful path.

VANESSA’S PROJECT FEATURES: CITYSCAPE LARGE LED PENDANT

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